Belfast Telegraph

Life and love for fuzzy friends

By Grania McFadden

Grand Opera House, Belfast, Tuesday to Saturday, June 21-25, Various times

After almost five years of bad behaviour, London’s funniest show is leaving the capital and heading this way.

The Tony award-winning Avenue Q is a charming musical about a group of hapless characters on a downtown New York street trying to put the world to rights.

What makes this run-down street zing is that the residents are a mixture of humans and puppets.

It’s been called a musical Sesame Street for grown-ups, where the puppets talk dirty to each other. The cast includes a closeted gay banker, the Bad Ideas bears, who sow discord and disaster, a sex-goddess called Lucy the Slut, a sweet kindergarten assistant called Kate Monster and our hero, Princeton, a graduate who is worried about his future.

Avenue Q is where he embarks on a story of self-discovery.

Being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect and having sex (and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the catchy songs throughout the show.

The musical, the result of a collaboration between Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, is sharp on the outside but sweet under the surface.

I’m not giving anything away when I say that everything (and everyone) ends up happy ever after, with a song in their heart and a skip in their step.

For tickets, visit www.goh.co.uk or tel: 028 9024 1919.

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